Today I saw something far more interesting than a dozen Escapist magazines or Insert Credit rambles or GameSpot Developer Interviews. Here, you can see it too: Top Gear - Playstation vs Real Life in a Honda/Acura NSX.
Some dude, presumably on a TV show about cars, compared Gran Turismo 4 (at least I think it's GT4) and real life. Same car, same track, but inside and outside of the game. I don't even care about Gran Turismo or fast cars that much, but I couldn't stop watching this guy try to beat his game time in real life. I didn't wonder if he was getting payola until long after I finished watching, which is more than I can say for most stuff I see in the videogame world's version of the Mainstream Media.
Maybe someone is already doing stuff like this on videogames. Maybe someone is doing independent, interesting reporting. Please show me where.
Top Gear is a great show. The main host really lets the audience know what he reckons about even the "best" cars -- if he thinks a car's rubbish, he says so. It would be wonderful if game journalists demonstrated the same in-depth knowledge of past games (and honesty) as the hosts of Top Gear do about cars.
[Realizing this is a bit OT, but it's] Not that using games to learn to drive cars was ever really in doubt. "Little E" (Dale Earnhardt, Jr.) says he plays EA's NASCAR to get used to tracks where he doesn't do well. I find it tempting but difficult to pretend he's using it as an excuse to play games -- he's got the real thing out in his "garage"; if he were a gamer, seems he'd be trying something different.
Anyhow, thought it was pretty interesting when I heard him say it, and I don't believe it was in a context where EA would be clearly shelling out dough for him to say so.
I would love it someone let me do a show about what happens when real life overweight Italian plumbers eat mushrooms and jump on turtles.